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In Bloom: Iris Explores the Tulip Festivals of West Holland

In Bloom: Iris Explores the Tulip Festivals of West Holland

 

 

Visiting the tulip fields of Holland is definitely on Iris' travel bucket list, and since tulip festival season is underway, we asked our Netherlands Collection jewelry artist Ineke Otte for her advice on where to see the most vibrant and lovely places to see the tulip fields in her home country.

Ineke Otte Tulip Field

Photo Courtesy Ineke Otte, Pictured: Ineke With Tulips

 

In her knowledgeable opinion, the best tulip fields are in the west of Holland in Noordoostpolder - home to the recent Tulpen Festival. Noordoostpolder is one of Holland's largest producers of this exquisite bulb flower, boasting over 2,000 hectares of tulip bulb fields (that is about the size of 2,000 international rugby fields!)

Aerial View Tulip Field Netherlands

 Aerial View of Tulip Fields

 

 

Now known worldwide for its bounty of these bulbous flowers, the Netherlands was first introduced to the tulip by Turkey in the sixteenth century. (The latin name translates to, "the flower that looks like a turban".) By the seventeenth century, the tulip had become wildly popular and was demanding a great deal of cash to purchase. After this period, the Netherlands had cemented its love affair with the tulip.

 


Once declared ‘dry’ on 9 September 1942, Noordoostpolder forged ahead with a strong agricultural effort to revive its production of the tulip during the 1960's. As it turned out, Noordoostpolder’s soil is ideal for tulip bulbs; flash forward to current day, around 2000 hectares (again, picture 2000 rugby fields) of tulips are planted annually!

 

 

The highlight of tulip festival season in Noordoostpolder is the Profytodsd Tulpenfestival in Flevoland, where visitors can experience unique activities like...

 

 

...A private helicopter tour of the fields,

Tulip Field Helicopter Tour

Hot air balloon rides, and

Tulip Field Hot Air Balloon Tour

Even the romantic sounding "Tulip Date Bingo".

Tulip Date Bingo

 

Ineke kindly shared with us some of her photos from her Noordoostpolder Tulip Fields experiences, and we are delighted to share some with you...

Ineke Tulip Field

Tulip Fields Netherlands

Tulips Netherlands

Photos Courtesy of Ineke Otte

 

She even makes tulip jewelry, which we love!

Ineke Otte Tulip Jewelry

Tulip Necklace by Ineke Otte

 

Be sure to check out our entire Netherlands Collection by Ineke Otte HERE, if you haven't yet!

 

Vrolijke Lente/Happy Spring,

-Iris


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